Monday, August 21, 2017

Yekaterinburg military school cadets report freezing living quarters

On Wednesday, cadets from Yekaterinburg's military school met with Sverdlovsk Minister of Education Yuri Biktuganov to discuss issues facing the student body at the school, reporting freezing temperatures in their living quarters.

The cadets said they complained several months ago about the cold temperature to the Cossack school, which opened in 2009, but had not seen any improvement, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

Cadets also reported a lack of officer-level educators inside the boarding school. They said it is not was not unusual for a cadet to go through years of instruction without ever interacting with an actual member of the Russian military.

Additionally, the students pointed to the lack of common merit standards across all military schools in the Sverdlovsk region. The cadets suggested a contest in which Sverdlovsk military academies would submit drawings for common merits and badges, and the winner would be selected through a vote, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta.

During the meeting the cadets presented Biktuganov, who vowed to speak to the heads of the school about the students' concerns, with customary gifts.